Fox Anchor Wayne Dawson Returns to Work After a Health Scare

"I underwent a long but successful nine-hour surgery at the Cleveland Clinic but God was in the operating room guiding the hands of those working on His child."

Callie (Carlos) Cadorniga - Author
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May 20 2024, Published 12:01 p.m. ET

Residents of Ohio have missed Wayne Dawson on Fox 8 in the Morning, and it's little wonder why. The longtime co-anchor of the morning news show has won several Emmys and other prestigious titles for achievements in journalism and has been with Fox 8 for much of his career. The people of Cleveland have long trusted Wayne to deliver both good and bad news and he continues to make an impact both in journalism and in his community as an ordained minister in Ohio.

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With all of these accomplishments under his belt, many noticed Wayne's absence throughout April 2024. Although he was still active on social media, Wayne briefly stepped away from his co-anchor duties on Fox 8 in the Morning. Naturally, his fans have been wondering what happened to him in the weeks since. In late May 2024, Wayne returned to his normal duties and opened up about the things he faced during his leave of absence. Here's what we know so far about Wayne Dawson and his recent health scare.

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Fox 8 news anchor Wayne Dawson opened up about his surgery.

On May 20, 2024, Wayne returned to Fox 8 in the Morning after a month-long hiatus. While on the show, he revealed the details about his health crisis.

Fans already received hints about Wayne's status in the weeks leading up to his return. Wayne previously posted a video on Instagram, revealing that he had been recovering from "a long and serious surgery" and had since received an outpouring of well-wishes from fans and loved ones.

Wayne also spoke on his surgery on April 28, in which he posted, "I underwent a long but successful nine-hour surgery at the Cleveland Clinic but God was in the operating room guiding the hands of those working on His child."

Wayne went into more detail about his condition during his return to Fox 8.

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Wayne admitted to his co-anchor that he had been diagnosed with a form of "oral cancer," which prompted a surgical response.

He revealed on the show, "The crazy thing is my surgeon said this type of cancer happens in people who chew tobacco, or [are] heavy smokers or heavy drinkers and I'm none of those."

Reportedly, he was told of "something in his mouth" by a dentist a year prior before doing anything about it.

"You never want to hear the word 'cancer,'" he admitted.

As of this writing, Wayne has stated that the cancer has been removed. However, he will continue to keep an eye on it for the foreseeable future.

On Fox 8 in the Morning, he stated, "I don't have to do any radiation or chemotherapy but they have to keep a check on it. I guess I am a cancer survivor now, another cause to champion."

We extend our well wishes to Wayne as he returns to work and continues to monitor his health moving forward.

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